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Solid electron wavefunction localization vs delocalization

  1. Jul 25, 2015 #1
    In a solid, is electron's wavefunciton confined to a molecular orbital between atoms or is it delocalized and extends over the volume?

    According to valence bond theory, electrons are localized in bonds between atoms.

    But according to band theory (or Bloch wavefunctions), electrons are delocalized.

    If it depends on material, then does it make sense to draw a band diagram for a solid whose electrons are localized to bonds (e.g. carbon diamond)?
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  3. Jul 25, 2015 #2


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